Tottenham Hotspur are considering whether to meet Mohamed Diame's £3.5million release clause at West Ham United, and tempt the midfielder across London this month, away from the clutches of rivals Arsenal, reports The Guardian.
The Senegalese international has been the subject of intense interest this month, following an impressive half season with the Hammers, after arriving at Upton Park on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic in the summer.
Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, views the 25-year-old as an interesting investment, and is ready to activate the well-publicised contract clause, in an attempt to steal a march on other interested parties Everton and Fulham.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked with a bid to bring Diame to the Emirates Stadium in January, even after the player stated that he was happy at West Ham, and not pushing for a move.
Sam Allardyce has admitted that the transfer window is a deeply unsettling time for him, though, and the situation over Diame is made difficult by the clause, and the associated power of clubs with Champions League aspirations to turn the player's head.
Tottenham have long been linked with Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho - a player that Andre Villas-Boas has worked with before, and would love to lure to White Hart Lane - but, his valuation, upwards of £20million, has so far priced them out of a move.
Diame, on the other hand, is a much more viable option for Spurs, as they look to secure Champions League qualification this season.
Securing the African's signature might allow Villas-Boas to reassess the futures of fringe players Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, who are being held back from potential loan moves until Tottenham find midfield cover for Sandro, after the Brazilian was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign following knee ligament surgery.